Opinion: Developers, Stop With the Frankenstein Aircraft


It was always obvious that the introduction of a new simulator meant that many developers would want to harness the new power and technology, whilst also ensuring they could reach a broader range of customers. It was also clear that with a lack of aircraft types available for the new simulator, it was going to be a rush for developers to create their versions of iconic planes for simmers to try. We’ve seen a number of smaller GA planes released, along with a few fighter jets that push the boundaries of the simulator. Whilst the likes of Aerosoft and PMDG have made a great start with their planes in the new sim, some developers are taking a different approach.

I’m talking about those aircraft products that ‘borrow’ pre-existing systems or displays created for the default simulator. Using the same screens, systems or flight dynamics, but packaging them up with a specific aircraft model. At first, it was interesting and gave users some different experiences. However, things are starting to get out of hand and it’s becoming more regular to see these Frankenstein aircraft get released for an unsuspecting audience of simmers.

It first started with the Bredok3D Eurofighter Typhoon, which first released in November of last year. As one of the first fighter jets available for the simulator, it caused a big rush of simmers to want to get the aircraft. However, once you looked at the displays and other elements, it was clear that Bredok3D didn’t create a fighter, but instead a mix-up of several aircraft jammed into one. This upset the community considerably, but I can’t imagine that Bredok3D cared. It topped the charts on simMarket for weeks meaning it was clearly selling well to an audience that saw the headline and jumped in.


What a mess.

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The Boeing 777-200ER is arguably one of the most requested add-ons from PMDG ever since they released their 200LR/F Base Package. Though the 200LR is certainly a very beautiful long-hauler, many fans have always been wondering why PMDG opted to model this variant of the Boeing 777 over the 200ER version of the plane, which is much more widespread in
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FSElite Original: In Review – March

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It’s the end of another month, and that means it’s time to look back. Last month you were able to read how we post news articles here at FSElite. What goes into an article and what process it goes through before you can read it on our website. This month, we’re back with looking at the most popular (and controversial)
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FSElite Original: In Review – February

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FSElite is a team of many members, coming from a range of different backgrounds. Some of us are still students, others maintain steady jobs. We cover a large part of the globe to try and make sure we have people available to give you the latest news as soon as we can. To you, and to us, this all seems
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FSElite Original: In Review – January

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It’s the end of the month again, meaning it’s time to look back. And the first month of 2019 certainly has brought us some interesting discussions. About Aerosoft, for example, or Captain Sim, who seemed to develop a competition of who could get the community the most outraged. Luckily it wasn’t all outrageous, and a lot of good things happened
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FSElite Original: In Review – November


November was supposed to be a relatively calm month. Some releases to be expected, some updates here and there, and the big Black Friday sale. However, that should have been about it. It almost sounded too good to be true. And if it sounds too good to be true, it usually is.

In all fairness, I might be slightly exaggerating. November started out quite calm with relatively few big news items. Halfway through the month, we saw QualityWings’ surprise release of the Ultimate 146. This was pretty big news and some members of the community got into rather heated arguments in our comment section. Is the price worth it? Should it have been free for previous owners? What’s happening on the Ultimate 787 front? In the end, nobody seemed to be able to find a consensus on these topics.

After the Ultimate 146 news we had a rather calm Black Friday. Nobody rushed to be first in line at any of the digital stores because, well, they are digital. And nobody rushed to even get in line to begin with at FlightSimStore. We probably could have suspected this and see it coming for a bit, but because they were so uncommunicative and keeping up the appearance that everything was “fine”, it still came as a bit of a surprise. It’s sad to see them go. I have been a customer there for quite a few years, and I’m losing access to a fair amount of products. However, there is no excuse for the things they have done. Not paying developers and running off with money is never a good idea. Let’s hope justice catches up with them sooner or later.

But, by far, the biggest news was the Prepar3D v4.4 surprise announcement. With PBR.

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FSElite Original: In Review – October

The end of the year is slowly creeping upon us. It seemed like just yesterday I was still enjoying cold beers on a sunny terrace, but the harsh and cold reality, mixed with the first snow of the year have reminded me that these days are long gone. Enfin, back to our simulators it is. Perhaps we can get a
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